The next few weeks include three don't-miss concerts:
2001 Hall of Fame inductee Paul Simon will be at the University of Akron's EJ Thomas Hall on Wednesday, November 23. Simon's latest album, So Beautiful Or So What, is his first album since Surprise in 2006, and has earned expansive critical acclaim. The album continues a tradition of delivering original songs that reflect the veteran songwriter's eclectic influences. Note that Cleveland's own award-winning world percussionist and drummer, Jamey Haddad, will be on stage in his long running role as percussionist in Simon's band, helping negotiate the varied rhythms found on So Beautiful – and beyond – for a live audience.
Paul Simon - "Getting Ready For Christmas Day" (from So Beautiful Or So What)
Falling close on the heels of Simon's show is an incredible funk lineup at PlayhouseSquare's State Theatre on Saturday, November 26: The Mary Jane Girls featuring Val Young, "Mister Cool" Morris Day and the Time ("Girl," "Jungle Love") and Cameo, whose 1986 album Word Up! produced two certified funk hits in the title track and "Candy." For those who are unaware, Ohio is the undisputed cradle of funk.
Cameo - "Word Up!"
The Manhattans will play at the Tangier in Akron on Sunday, December 4. This classy, venerable showplace is a fitting venue for R&B vocal group the Manhattans, who scored hits with "Kiss And Say Goodbye" and "Shining Star," and remain among the most engaging vocal groups performing today. Approaching their 50th anniversary, these fellows still bring crowds to their feet with inimitable harmonies, stylings and showmanship.
The Manhattans - "Kiss And Say Goodbye"